By T. Scott Boatright
The Lincoln Preparatory School Panthers football team is much alike, and much different from, the 2005 New Orleans Saints squad.
Like that Saints team left to try to play a season in the wake of the ravages wrought to the Crescent City and the (now Caesar’s) Superdome by Hurricane Katrina, the Panthers find themselves without a home as they wait for their new school complex to be built, hopefully by next school year.
On the flip side, through two games the Panthers have almost matched the 2005 Saints’ win total. Lincoln Prep stands at 2-0 while the 2005 Saints went 3-13.
But still, like those 2005 Saints, the Panthers have been put into the position of nomad and will play Friday’s “home” game on the road in Minden at the home field of their opponent — the Glenbrook Apaches.
“We had to go ahead because no one could come up with a decision about possibly playing it at GSU (where Lincoln Prep had played some games last season),” Hall said. “I had to tell them that I couldn’t wait any longer.”
It’s tough enough his Panthers will be having to play on the road for a third straight week. He also knows he’s in for a challenge against the Apaches, a team that is in its first season as a member of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
The Apaches are led by former Parkway and D’Arbonne Woods head coach David Feaster, who Hall said has quickly turned the Apaches into a competitive team.
“He looks like he’s added some athletes and has made the most out of what he had to work with,” Hall said. “We’ve looked at film and it looks like he’s got a good squad. They play hard and they’re well-organized.”
Glenbrook coach David Feaster knows his team will be tested, too.
“They’re certainly tough but don’t at least they don’t have the numbers we faced last week (against Calvary),” Feaster said. “But they have really good size up there. We’ll be mismatched there. Their lines are impressive.”
Chances are this showdown could be high scoring. Lincoln Prep is averaging 45 points per game after road wins at Beekman Charter (44-6) and Ringgold (46-0) while Glenbrook is on pace for 36.5 points per contest after defeating River Oaks 59-28 before falling at Calvary Baptist 58-14.
One thing in particular pleased Hall about last week’s big win at Ringgold.
“We scored in every facet of the game.” Hall said. “Special teams with a punt return, defense with an interception return and offense on the run and pass.”
Senior quarterback Ta’Rell Simons played a big part in that, scoring on a punt return and a run and also tossing a touchdown pass.
Glenbrook’s offense is led by quarterback Ty Feaster, who tossed a scoring strike for the Apaches last week, and threw for 179 yards and three touchdowns on 9-of-12 passing while adding two carries for 22 yards in the Apaches’ season-opening win.
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